The Refuge Presented at Rotary

by | November 27, 2017 3:06 pm

The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its November 27, 2017 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro. Ken Warnock called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests. Athen Walden gave the invocation, and Zac Frye led the pledge and Four-Way Test.

Scott Rosenau introduced Dawn Scarboro who provided a program on the Refuge, a state certified non-profit, non-denominational United Way Agency serving Toombs, Montgomery, Treutlen, Wheeler and Emanuel counties.

What is domestic violence? Domestic violence is about power and control. It occurs when a family member or partner tries to control another through physical, emotional, or sexual means. It can take many forms from isolation to threats to hitting to murder. Domestic violence is an epidemic that can occur in any culture, any socioeconomic level, any race, any age, and in any religious group. Although domestic violence typically happens to women, men can also be victims.

The Refuge is a Domestic Violence Shelter that offers comprehensive services for victims and their families hurt by Domestic Violence. Services include a staffed emergency shelter, a crisis line, weekly support groups, family development activities, legal advocacy services, referrals, child advocacy services, emergency crisis intervention, and community awareness and prevention education. The Refuge works in collaboration with law enforcement, legal and court services, health care givers, and other community agencies to provide immediate and effective assistance for victims hurt by domestic violence and sexual assault.

All services at The Refuge are confidential, safe, and free. Dawn Scarboro emphasized the importance of individuals, neighborhoods, churches, agencies and organizations like The Refuge, working together to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  For more information, call (478) 268-9156, (478) 268-9157, or 1-866-8REFUGE (1-866-873-3843) Toll Free.

The Rotary Cub of Swainsboro is a unit of Rotary International. Rotarians use their knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need then apply their expertise and diverse perspectives to find solutions. Rotary members are working in your community right now to make a difference. Find out more about Rotary International at Also, like Swainsboro Rotary at

Article by Gail Ware, Public Relations Chair, Swainsboro Rotary Club
Pictured:  Ken Warnock, Dawn Scarboro, & Scott Rosenau

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